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Deals with Biology // Middle School // Plants
  genetics, Punnett squares and pedigrees
Intended for 5th - 9th grade
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Crazy Plant Shop

In Crazy Plant Shop, students learn about genes and inheritance by breeding zany plants like the Chomplex (plants with big chompy teeth), Catcus (cactus cats), and Bunnyon (onion bunnies)! Special order requests from mysterious customers require students to understand dominant and recessive traits and how genetic traits get passed from one generation to the next. Profits from successful sales are used to acquire new breeds and expand the shop's customer base!

This game is designed to be used in inclusive science classrooms that have a diverse range of students (e.g., average and above average students, students with high incidence disabilities, English language learners, and students who struggle with reading). It is designed using the Universal Design for Learning framework, strategically aligned to key state standards, and formulated to integrate seamlessly with existing curricula.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Explain that information about how cells grow and function is contained in genes in the chromosomes of each cell nucleus and that during the process of reproduction the genes are passed from the parent cells to offspring
  • Explain and provide evidence of how biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species on Earth today
  • Determine the probabilities for genotype and phenotype combinations using Punnett Squares and pedigrees
    • Explain why offspring that result from sexual reproduction are likely to have more diverse characteristics than offspring that result from asexual reproduction

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SGC Reviews
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12.0 / 15
Fun
4.0 / 5
Learning
4.0 / 5
Science
4.0 / 5
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11.1 / 15
Fun
3.1 / 5
Learning
3.9 / 5
Science
4.1 / 5

Official SGC Reviews

Melanie Stegman

Melanie Stegman
SGC Admin, Authoritative

This game, we should note, is intended to be used in a classroom by a teacher who is teaching the basic concepts of Punnett squares and other genetics. So we have some reviews from players... now we need some reviews from teachers who have used the game as designed. I like this game; playing it makes me smile. I want to know whether it helps kids learn genetics.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 4.0 out of 5

Science rating: 4.0 out of 5

Total:

12.0 / 15

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Crazy Plant Shop

April 18, 2014

cuteykittykat10

cuteykittykat10
Player

I like the way how plant shop work i wonder if most of the plants in Crazy Plant Shop exist. Some flowers are asexual plants and others takes 2 parents. the people come in and say what they want if i dont have it i by 2 and breed them if its asexual i buy one now my laptop tum bout i cant play no moe .................................................................................................I smashed it but not on purpose but i got really angry that 1 of my 3 favorite games

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 5.0 out of 5

Science rating: 4.0 out of 5

Total:

13.0 / 15

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S. Levine

S. Levine
Player

A decent educational game concept, with attractive art assets. The gameplay doesn't do them justice, unfortunately, and does a really awful job of introducing the player to the mechanics. Both the UI and the text need to be reviewed by members of the target demographic to be made easier to understand. An educational game needs to first teach the player how to play in order to teach any other concepts, and it's hard to believe anyone without a working mastery of the Punnett Square would be able to figure this one out at all.

Fun rating: 2.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 2.0 out of 5

Science rating: 4.0 out of 5

Total:

8.0 / 15

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Little shop of horrors

September 13, 2012

OgJago

OgJago
Player

Firstly, everything is green. It becomes quite confusing when trying to distinguish between objectives and random shining objects. the set-up of the punnet square needs to be more inuitive, although the side classification pictures are brighter than the rest of the screen, i didnt notice them till over half way through the demo. the wording along with punctuation throughout the game is all kinds of muffed up, sometimes truly confusing. when finishing an order, the screen scrolls to the right in plant selection, which makes a player have to scroll left to select the next plant to complete a project, disrupting gameplay and causing me to loose interest. The Catcus is awesome! the resulting genotypes are way too smal. if the games about learning science make it more obvious than the poorly worded narrative. fix this so my additions do not make the prior words vanish.

Fun rating: 1.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 1.0 out of 5

Science rating: 2.0 out of 5

Total:

4.0 / 15

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Kleptobot

Kleptobot
Player

You get to play god, making your own plants and selling them to some German friar who stepped out of the 15th century, while teaching kids about biology with a light, cartoony tone to it. I only played a little of the demo but from what I saw it certainly seems useful to teach kids about plant biology, though the interface during the training seems a little confusing with plants not having proper labelling before dropping them in the cart. Or maybe I missed something. In any case, highly recommended.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 5.0 out of 5

Science rating: 5.0 out of 5

Total:

14.0 / 15

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plant knowlegde

September 12, 2012

bam bam

bam bam
Player

this game teaches you about different plants and was very interesting.

Fun rating: 4.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 5.0 out of 5

Science rating: 5.0 out of 5

Total:

14.0 / 15

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Too many buttons!

September 12, 2012

Flippinpony

Flippinpony
Player

Crazy Plant Shop does a great job of laying out the principles of Punnett squares and breeding for specific traits. A dictionary is available to provide deeper definitions of every term used. However, the game does suffer from a confusing interface and excessive cluttering of buttons. Throughout the tutorial, it often took a minute to figure out what exactly I was supposed to do next. Additionally, I would sometimes have trouble ordering plants, completing orders, or reaching certain pedestals because of a speech window in front of them.

Fun rating: 3.0 out of 5

Learning rating: 5.0 out of 5

Science rating: 5.0 out of 5

Total:

13.0 / 15

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